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Thursday, 10 January 2008

Zoroastrianism & Islam

This made me sit up and take notice. One of the more hellish Islamic tales that did the rounds while I grew up featured the person having to cross a razor–sharp bridge. Of course, a true mu’min (believer) would cross it safely. The kafir would plunge to their doom into eternal Hell. Now I see it, like quite a few elements, could possibly come from Zoroastrianism.

I must look into this further…
The chinvat bridge is another Zoroastrian concept that after death the soul
crosses a razor sharp bridge that could mean one would fall from... YOu either
meet a beautiful maiden or a hag on the bridge depending on your life in this
The word "Paradise" we use comes froman ancient Persian word meaing walled
garden and so even our concept of the after life owe much to Zoroastrianism.

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